Monty Alexander – We’ve Only Just Begun (1972/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 44:50 minutes | 838 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Monty Alexander’s career was beginning to take off at the time of this 1971 club date at the Monticello in Rochester, NY. Accompanied by Dave Brubeck’s former bassist, Eugene Wright, and veteran drummer Bobby Durham, who was recording extensively with Oscar Peterson, the young pianist kicks off the set with an ambitious, quote-filled rendition of a great standard “It Could Happen to You.” The inclusion of several familiar popular tunes of the period, namely Michel Legrand’s haunting “Summer of ’42 Theme,” Henry Mancini’s bittersweet “Love Story Theme,” and even “We’ve Only Just Begun” (a mega-hit for the Carpenters which actually began life as background music for a bank commercial), doesn’t detract from the album in the least, due to Alexander’s imaginative approaches to each of the tunes. The one original of the date is Alexander’s funky “Monticello.” This well-recorded date has been out of print since BASF quit manufacturing records in the U.S. in the mid-’70s, so it may be somewhat difficult to acquire.
01 – It Could Happen to You
02 – Summer of ’42 Theme
03 – Monticello
04 – We’ve Only Just Begun
05 – I’ve Never Been in Love Before
06 – Love Story Theme
07 – Blue Alexander
Produced by Don Schlitten.
Recorded on December 1, 1971 at the Monticello, NYC.
Monty Alexander – piano
Eugene Wright – bass
Bobby Durham – drums